Leslie Ann Hersom was born to parents Clarence and Frances in July of 1953 in Southern California. Even as a young child, she desired to be part of a church. She attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with her best friend, gained her own testimony of the teachings and became a member herself. Throughout her life, she never faltered in her beliefs and was an example of the love of Jesus Christ. She led by her quiet example, her sweetness, and tender spirit present in every interaction.